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Tarun Saxena

Clinical Trials Project Leader II
Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute
701 W Main St, Suite 500, Durham, NC 27701


Tarun Saxena is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Prior to this, Tarun was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he focused on elucidating failure mechanisms of brain-machine interfaces. Tarun completed his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees at Syracuse University and his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at Osmania University, India. Tarun is passionate about understanding the workings of the nervous and immune systems, and his research interests lie in the area of neurological trauma, ranging from developing a basic understanding of regenerative failure to design and implementation of therapeutic strategies with a focus to treat spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. More recently, he has focused on bioengineering strategies to contain and halt metastatic brain tumors. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines. Tarun has served as a peer reviewer for various journals, conferences, and grant review panels and has had his work and commentary published in journals such as ACS Nano, Biomaterials and, Nature Materials. Tarun enjoys being active, playing and watching cricket and tennis, hiking, reading books, and enjoying good food and drinks.

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Education, Training & Certifications

Syracuse University · 2010 Ph.D.